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Site Ranks Murrieta Among California’s ‘Best Cities for Young Families’

NerdWallet.com ranked Murrieta No. 4, which is top among Southern California cities, followed closely by Irvine at No. 5, Lake Forest at No. 6 and Redlands at No. 8.

Children play during the Murrieta Police Department's National Night Out at Town Square Park, Aug. 6, 2013. (Patch file photo/Maggie Avants)
Children play during the Murrieta Police Department's National Night Out at Town Square Park, Aug. 6, 2013. (Patch file photo/Maggie Avants)

Those who have thought to themselves, “I really enjoy raising my family here in Murrieta,” may be onto something.

NerdWallet, a consumer advocacy website, analyzed national and statewide data to determine the best cities in California for raising a family. Murrieta ranked high, coming in at No. 4, on the list that evaluated five factors: public school rating, median home value, ongoing cost of homeownership, median income and economic growth.

Here is why NerdWallet says it ranked Murrieta fourth when combining all aspects:

“For southern California families looking for affordable housing and lots of activities, Murrieta has lot to offer. The city already has 12 family events set for the coming year, including a “star party” in February where families can look at the stars through telescopes, do crafts and enjoy time outdoors. The graduation rates at Murrieta’s three high schools were 98 percent, 94.5 percent and 96.8 percent respectively, according to the California Department of Education Data Reporting Office. The median household income, at $80,792, was higher than our previous choices of Clovis and Yuba City. However, because the city sits in the South Coast Air Quality Basin, the air quality is routinely poor. The American Lung Association gave the Murrieta-Riverside-County-area an F for air quality in 2013.  Murrieta has a plan to improve air quality by conducting air quality impact studies before doing any new construction, encouraging biking and walking rather than driving and working with state and federal authorities to meet air quality requirements. The city also adopted a climate action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to ensure better air quality for the future.”

The website ranked Murrieta top among Southern California cities, followed closely by Irvine at No. 5, Lake Forest at No. 6 and Redlands at No. 8.

Clovis, near Fresno, was the website’s No. 1 pick, with Folsom second best and Yuba City third.

Click here to read the complete article and view the website’s list of the 20 “Best Cities for Young Families in California.”

Alek J Hidell January 28, 2014 at 06:41 PM
its like the east San Gabriel Valley was 40 years ago, with better air.
Janise January 29, 2014 at 12:58 PM
I have to highly disagree about the Air Quality. Just because we're the out rim of riverside county doesn't mean we have Riverside air quality. Murrieta is Not Directly across from Los Angeles and at least 15 other cities and highways in between like Riverside, which is 61 miles inland. Murrieta gets the daily afternoon Temeculan Breeze from Dana Point 40 miles west of us, not to mention the beautiful Ortega Mountains that filter it.
Brian McDonald January 29, 2014 at 01:09 PM
I'm sure it's because we have 2 tanks! Having good citizens has nothing to do with it!
Brian McDonald January 29, 2014 at 03:54 PM
Tanks a lot for nothing! Just to blow our tax money on! Maybe they should concentrate on the murrieta whitewood intersection before all hell breaks lose! I noticed it was a high priority because I haven't seen one policeman sitting at that corner since the election! Maybe they should direct traffic during the rush hour at peak traffic hours. Oh wait they have drug lords to deal with here!
Alek J Hidell January 29, 2014 at 06:46 PM
Anyone can see it from freeway 15--the smog stops at Elsinore.... Now we need to make sure the tweeker element does too.... (There's a few fuzzies lurking near the recycle booth in front of Albertsons on Cal Oaks.. )
Joe Rubalcava January 30, 2014 at 11:15 AM
Steve I don't think Janise was responding to Alek, she was responding to the article
Joe Rubalcava January 30, 2014 at 11:50 AM
I have lived in Marietta for over 25 years, and in comparison to the growth and amount of traffic the air quality has remained really good due to the afternoon breeze that helps clear the bad air out everyday as Janise was explaining. Alex was right, head towards Lake Elsinoreand you can see the different in the air or go north on the 215and get to Perris and you can see the difference in the air .like Janise, I don't agree with that article about our air quality at all.
Jeff Kleiner January 30, 2014 at 12:54 PM
The air quality sucks just north of Tom's Farm along the 15 mostly because the many strip mines and quarries in the area. Add the wind that sweeps along the interstate 10 from the ocean to palm springs. It sweeps that dust up and looks like intense smog.
Janise January 30, 2014 at 03:00 PM
Thanks Joe. Yes, I was responding to the article. :-)

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